Labiaplasty, a surgical procedure to rejuvenate the vaginal area for cosmetic or functional purposes, can restore self-esteem and help women feel more comfortable with their bodies. The board-certified plastic surgeons at Long Island Plastic Surgical Group are highly experienced in labiaplasty and are committed to providing patients with superior results for renewed confidence.
Why Choose Labiaplasty?
Labiaplasty is a personal choice that women seek out for a variety of reasons. Our patients come from a diverse range of backgrounds, shapes, and ages and they each decide that labiaplasty is right for them to help improve their quality of life. Some women with enlarged labia minora experience physical discomfort or embarrassment because genital tissue that hangs below the labia majora, or outer genitalia, can catch in clothing or become irritated during exercise or intimacy. This condition, known as labia minora hypertrophy, may be a condition that women experience since puberty or it can occur as a result of childbirth, aging, or weight loss.
Benefits of Labiaplasty
Women who choose labiaplasty find that it can provide a range of benefits, including:
- Reduce large labia
- Provide symmetry to uneven labia
- Restore confidence after childbirth
- Relieve discomfort during intercourse
- Alleviate frequent irritation during everyday activities
- Rejuvenate labia that have changed due to aging or weight loss
- Eliminate pain caused by labia when exercising or wearing certain clothing
How Does Labiaplasty Work?
During your labiaplasty consultation appointment, your surgeon will assess you and discuss your medical history and aesthetic goals in order to create your treatment plan.
The two most common approaches for labiaplasty are the trim technique and the wedge technique. In a trim procedure, the excess labial tissue is removed and sutured along the perimeter. A wedge procedure involves removing a triangle of tissue and then suturing the incision to reduce the size of the labia while maintaining the natural labial edge. Labiaplasty is typically performed with general anesthesia but may be performed using local anesthesia.
Additional Procedures in The Vaginal Rejuvenation Process
While labiaplasty to reduce the inner labia is the most common type of vaginal plastic surgery, there are additional procedures to address patient needs and aesthetic goals. The surgeons at Long Island Plastic Surgical Group are also experienced in the following procedures, which may be performed in conjunction with labiaplasty:
- Clitoral Hood Reduction Excessive folds around the clitoral hood can be reduced to provide a proportionate appearance.
- Labia Majoraplasty Outer labia that is overly full or disproportionate in size can be surgically reduced.
- Monsplasty A mons, or upper pubic mound, that is bulging due to excessive skin or fatty tissue can be reduced.
- Vaginoplasty Vaginal canals may lose muscle tone over time or due to childbirth. Vaginoplasty can reduce vaginal laxity by repairing separated vaginal muscles through surgery or laser treatment.
Labiaplasty may also be performed as part of a mommy makeover, which is a personalized treatment plan for women who seek to restore their confidence after childbirth.
Recovery from Labiaplasty
Labiaplasty is typically an outpatient procedure. There may be some pain or discomfort after the surgery that can be managed with medication. Patients are advised to take approximately one week off work and refrain from strenuous activity or sexual intercourse for six weeks. Minor swelling may persist for several months after the procedure.
Am I A Candidate for Labiaplasty?
The best way to determine if labiaplasty may be right for you is to schedule a consultation at one of our eight New York City or Long Island locations. You may be a candidate for labiaplasty if you are in general good health and:
- Experience physical discomfort during exercise or intimacy due to excess tissue
- Suffer psychological distress due to asymmetrically or overly large labia
- Had bodily changes due to childbirth, aging, or weight loss that have left you unhappy with your labia
- Wish to improve the appearance of the vaginal area
If you think that labiaplasty may be right for you, contact us to schedule a no-obligation consultation appointment.
How Much Does Labiaplasty Cost?
The cost of labiaplasty or vaginal surgery in New York can vary depending on several factors. The typical price range for labiaplasty at Long Island Plastic Surgical Group is between $4,000 and $7,000. Vaginal rejuvenation will cost more if general anesthesia is used, as opposed to local anesthesia, and if there are additional procedures included in your surgery.
After approximately six weeks, any bruising and most swelling should recede, but minor residual swelling may persist for up to six months. Once all swelling has disappeared, the final results will be revealed. There is typically very little to no visible long term scarring from labiaplasty because the surgeons at Long Island Plastic Surgical Group take care to hide incisions within labial folds and the tissue of the labia generally heals very well. Labiaplasty patients often report an increase in confidence, improved intimacy, and newfound ease with activities that were previously uncomfortable.
Labiaplasty Before and After Photos
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Labiaplasty and Vaginal Rejuvenation Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How long does labiaplasty surgery take?
While procedure times can vary based on individual factors, labiaplasty surgery typically takes less than 1 hour to complete.
What kind of anesthesia is used for labiaplasty?
Labiaplasty may be performed with local anesthesia (in which just the vaginal area is numbed) or with general anesthesia (full sedation, a.k.a. “asleep”). Your surgeon will discuss your anesthesia options with you during your consultation appointment to help you choose the option that will be best for you.
Am I too young or too old for labiaplasty?
Labiaplasty can be performed on patients from a wide range of ages. At Long Island Plastic Surgical Group, we consider each individual patient on a personalized level and take many factors into account to determine eligibility for a procedure. That said, labiaplasty is rarely appropriate for patients younger than their early 20’s, except in cases of physical deformity or injury.
What kind of scars will I have after labiaplasty?
Our plastic surgeons are highly experienced in utilizing advanced techniques to minimize the appearance of scars. The potential for visible scars will vary depending on the technique used for your procedure, but scarring from labiaplasty is typically not very noticeable.
What will sex be like after labiaplasty?
You will need to refrain from sexual activity for six to eight weeks during your recovery period. Once they are ready to return to intimacy, many labiaplasty patients report feeling more enthusiastic and fulfilled during their encounters due to their increased confidence.
Can I get pregnant and give birth after labiaplasty?
Yes, labiaplasty should not affect your ability to get pregnant or give birth vaginally. However, many women choose to plan their labiaplasty after they feel their family is complete due to the ways in which childbirth can affect the appearance of the vagina.
Will my Mommy Makeover procedure include labiaplasty?
Many women choose to have labiaplasty as part of their mommy makeover, but if labiaplasty isn’t right for you, it does not have to be part of your mommy makeover. Mommy makeover is a personalized treatment plan that can include a range of procedures based on each individual patient’s desired results.
Take the first step toward feeling empowered and confident in your body. If you are interested in learning more about labiaplasty or scheduling a consultation, contact the experienced team at Long Island Plastic Surgical Group today.